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if the defense department vieds the automatic sequestration cuts in march some say the military could receive cuts. jennifer griffin explains why. a long time teacher is fired for give ago student exactly what he wanted a copy of the bible. a look at the gas prices. the national average 3.31 cents. that's unchanged from yesterday. >> welcome back. in just a few hours the house will take up a 51 billi$51 bill bill. peter king is optimistic it will pass. >> it's not going to be easy. right now i am confident the votes are there. >> some lawmakers say the bill must be stripped of money that includes project he cans unrelated to sand sy. >> brad baker was found shot to death at the farm he managed back in 1980. police say new technology and information led them to a suspect in west virginia. his name has not been released. patti ann. >> the state of the u.s. military is very much in flux. the pentagon is looking at severe budget cuts. fox news national correspondent jennifer griffin on what it could mean. >> as the pentagon faced the ke deep cuts large defense cuts are still looming. the man over
to assure the russians about future u.s. missile defense moves. >> it will be hadder this time. i don't see where u.s. and russian relations can go and that will be a problem foe the president starting, of course, with syria but iran is the bigger issue that remains undecided and we have gotten some russian help so far on iran but it doesn't mean we will get russian help with the next step. >> the arab spring signaled the fall of middle east leaders with whom u.s. officials had for 30 years cultivated careful relationship. >> president obama called on egypt's mubarak to step down. >> a change must take place. allocated u.s. resources to support a no-fly zone in libya leading to the killing of muammar qaddafi. but in syria, calling numerous times for bashar al-assad to step down, a civil continues there and the united states has not publicly stepped in. >> there is in doubt overall president obama's legacy toward the middle east is one of limited american actism. that is shown by how we handled egypt, libya, syria, iraq. >> there are unanswered questions of the investigation into the 9/11 at
of chuck hagel to be defense secretary when influential new york senator chuck schumer gave it his blessing. yesterday the president forcefully and emotionally laid out his proposals to curb gun violence and challenged americans to confront the representatives and stand up to the nra. let's listen. >> ask them what's more important, doing whatever it takes to get an "a" grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade. >> joining me is former rnc chair and msnbc contributor michael steele and democratic strategist bob shrum. shrummy, i have to start with you. it sounds like you got into the president's ear. i know you haven't, that i know of, but he's starting to charge this campaign for the second term the way i think you like to run campaigns. go to the essential issues, fight them, get tough against your opponents. >> i think that's true. he had some historic achievements in his first term, but every time he reached out, he was rebuffed. he's been through a campaign. he believes he's won a mandate, and
of the attacks on one of its diplomats. he was not hurt. >>> defense secretary leon panetta says the u.s. will not send ground troops to the western african nation of mali but it will provide intelligence and logistical support as france reports they are battling islamists who have seized part of the country. al qaeda doesn't pose a immediate threat to the u.s. but add that is their ultimate objective. to give you an idea what we're talking about, al qaeda militant groups control an area in mali, larger than the state of texas. >> reporter: greg palkot following the developments from london. greg. >> reporter: secretary panetta is in europe, portugal and spain. he is he will ising out more what the u.s. role will be with france dealing with islamists in africa. on the ground in mali here are the latest figures. 800 french ground troops going up to 2500 we're told today. they're running regular airstrikes with fighter jets and assault helicopters. the u.s. transport planes could be iced to get french troops down from france to africa. u.s. tanker planes could be used to refuel those fre
obama got an important buy-in you might say for his defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel, from the powerful new york senator chuck schumer. this morning schumer released a statement that reads in part, based on several key assurances provided by senator hagel, i am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation. i encourage my senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him. well, this coupled with senator barbara boxer's vote of support yesterday has made his path for conformation look a lot easier. joining me is "the huffington post's" sam stein and "time" magazine's michael crowley. i thought schumer would take more time. got it on the record, maybe got a little more pro-hawkish than he was to start with the interview, but he got what he needed. i was impressed at the speed with which this is being done. your thoughts? >> i'm sort of with you on the one hand. it looked like schumer had legitimate concerns about what hagel's positions were with respect to iran and israel. then again, i thought about what was behind the act? in the end it was a demo
of approval for chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. hagel's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit, and we like it, of course. from the debt ceiling to the nra to the neocons. taking them on. the president is sticking it to his opponents, and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the storm? or stand in the way? >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moonshiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capi
he will back chuck hagel as defense secretary. secretary of state hillary clinton with a long-time ally, liberia's president ellen johnson surleaf. >> it's important to be here today to see that you have fully recovered from your recent illness. >>> on "today" chelsea clinton speaks for the first time about her mom's recovery. >> she is exuding the energy, the vibrancy, and certainly the mental acuty that she always has. i am so grateful that she is not only fine, but healthy and vibrant and strong and, you know, god willing, will be for the next 65 years of her life. >> and chelsea clinton is also chairing the national day of service on saturday. more on that to come. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the political cavalry has arrived. new york senator chuck schumer has given his seal of approval to president obama's defense nominee. any decision that could rally senate democrats and signal an easier path to confirmation for former senator chuck hagel. joining us now washington post columnist greta -- white house correspondent kristen welker. welcome both. kri
could put up a solid defense. this good-looking defense put shaka up as they found the net. otherwise, it seemed just about every shot on goal found the goal keeper. in stoppage time the scoring was rounded out and 5-4, the final score. >> today's matches, league leaders have what looks like a pretty straightforward home -- meanwhile the number two on the table are playing host to one of the surprise packages of the season so far. frankfurt, who are in fourth spot. >> the joint coach wants to make sure his players won't rest on their laurels. >> satisfaction is always a dangerous thing in soccer. once again, we've got to be 100% concentrated on this game. we've got a lot of work left to do before we can be satisfied. >> and right after the winter break his success is being put to the test. trailing by just three points is the next team. >> we're pretty relaxed going into this match, since we are not favored to win. >> they seemed relaxed, especially stephen. as the league's top scorer before the break, he proved while they are second in the standings, they still have some bragging ri
but with the voices we live in defense of our most ancient values and injuring ideas. -- answering ideas. >> he believes he needs to get the american people involved if he has any chance. from climate change to the tax code, immigration to education, he promised reform. >> we will support democracy from the americas to the middle east because our interests compel us on behalf of those who long for freedom. >> every word was meant to reinforce his aggressive agenda. >> our agenda is not complete until are gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are created equal, the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> although racial equality was front and center, i think a lot of the second term will be devoted to other things. >> the president takes one last look, noting he will not see this again. will not ever be the focus of the 9000 person parade. he could barely stop himself from dancing, one last night to celebrate his historic presidency before he begins what is expected to be a huge fight with congress. >> president obama's speech dealt mostly
in the senate, has given his stamp of approval for chuck hagel as the sex be secretary of defense. haguels's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit and we like it, of course. from the debt careering to the nra, to the neocons. the president is sticking it to his opponents and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the form. >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moon shiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. relief package f
is the military telling you? >> reporter: well, a defense official i just spoke with a few minutes ago said this is clearly an act of terrorism and that was echoedamplified by leon panetta, he's meeting with nato allies. and he said clearly this was a terrorist act, this kidnapping including some american hostages. right now, from sources that we are speaking with, africa command is taking the lead on this from the military side. but they are mostly conferring with the state department and the fbi as the state department sifts through the information and works with the algerians to get the best available information on what is going on the ground. there are some military assets that are somewhat close. there are marine, fleet anti-terrorism teams in italy. there is also air force surveillance aircraft that could be available out of aviano, also in italy. there are some military assets in the area. but the defense official i spoke with said right now the best thing is to get all the information they can about what is going on, on the ground. in other words, he said how many bad guys are ther
the trajectory. it is not 50 billion from defense spending there. it would have an impact in our capability in context with the military but the only way you get serious and change the trajectory of the debt is to have entitlement reform. >> what does that take? we are europe and finally we have to do something about it? >> i think charles's point this is a president who wouldn't be uncomfortable with gdp spending. for him the way he sees the proper role of government that doesn't seem outrageous even though the historical norm is 20 percent. it is not something that would be a problem. it drags more on the economy now h than it has at that point. you heard democrats talk about that you need another couple interesting in order to avoid the 90 percent threshold. ab september that i don't see that he is going to be the one to lead on those issues. >> second term, though, this is what we are talking about. second term. you are talking about the president he has an opportunity to do something the art sent employees have never had a chance to take a risk go big go bold. one of those things has t
are treated like anyone else under the law. >> debt and deficit front and center he offered a vigorous defense of entitlement programs. >> we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and size of the deficit. we reject that they must choose between caring that built the country. >> like every president since fdr, mr. obama started his day early, with a prayer service at st. john's church. before departing the white house for the longest motorcades known to man for the rise to the capital. a star-studded affair. where else do you see paul ryan mingling with jay-z and beyonce who belted out the national anthem. >> the ceremony was over there was a stream of pomp and circumstance waiting. >> from signing papers to officially nominate the new cabinet to lunch with congressional leaders. then, of course, the parade. the first family could make the way back to the white house in that grand bulletproof review stand. yet all of that could wait because leaving the west front of the capitol, the president went off script to take in the vista of the national mall. mr. obama seemed to be
came back from that and put banned performance enhancing drugs in his body. his great defense was, after what i've been through, do you think i would put that stuff in my body and, of course, everybody said, everybody bought that because it was so plausible. so for lance to have actually doped after cancer was a pretty tough thing to do and i think it indicated a win at all costs attitude that was commendable and it was a seriously wrong thing to do. >> you were one of the very first people to question lance armstrong. it goes all the way back to 1999. what was it that made you suspicious in the first place? >> my first point of kind of suspicion was watching lance's treatment of a young french rider and there will be people out there, if they were all doping, how wrong -- how can you blame lance and single him out? they all weren't doping and one of the guys who did not dope in 1999 was a young french rider, and he offered the pin that you couldn't win this tour de france in '99 without doping and much of the colleagues resented him saying that. the guy who most resented him sayi
has learned from senior defense officials that the state department asked a fast team of marines who were being sent from rota, spain to deplane off of their plane and change out of their military aoup forms int uniforms inch and change into civilian clothes. that delayed their time. they were being tenth to tripoli, not to benge so they would not have saved any lives that night. what that indicates is reluctance to send in military help that night, and i think that is a question that secretary hillary clinton will be asked by the foreign affairs and the senate foreign affairs committee tomorrow on capitol hill. we also understand this was a decision by secretary of state clinton, and state department undersecretary of management patrick kennedy not to send a team or mobilize the counterterrorism community group or csg. these are composed of experts on terrorism across government agencies and make recommendations to the deputies who assist the president's cabinet in formulating a response to crises involving terrorism. there was an attempt from the outset it seems by officials at the
defense secretary leon panetta now calling al qaeda a cancer that the u.s. must fight back against. ambassador john bolton is wondering why he wouldn't feel that way all along about al qaeda. big questions. he will talk to us. bill: it is january, right? how about 50 degrees below zero? there is an arctic blast and a chill spreading misery to millions. how long would this last or could it last, rather? >> was to go over the pa no more. i'm just sitting here tonight. i will not play out there for five miles-an-hour. just the way life goes. ting lin, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. stress sweat is different than ordinary sweat. it smells worse. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. introducing new secret clinical strength stress response scent. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. living with moderate to se
defense of the big three. terry o'neill on a historic speech for women. jonathan alter and james peterson on the cultural impact of a president linking seneca falls, selma and stonewall. and my thoughts on a new hope for the american class. >> progress does not compel us to settle centuries long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. this was a big deal. in the 57th formal inauguration of an american president, barack obama delivered one of the most progressive speeches ever given by a commander in chief. with more than a million people in attendance, the president took the ceremonial oath of office on the steps of the united states capitol. president obama did not set out to lower expectations of his second term. instead, he established the goals of a progressive agenda. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. for we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very we
they are already helping by sharing intelligence and surveillance, but secretary of defense leon panetta was clear about one thing. >> there is no consideration of putting any american boots on the ground at this time. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the risk of an afib-related stroke. there is limited data on how these drugs compare when warfarin is well managed. no routine blood monitoring means bob can spend his extra time however he likes. new zealand! xarelto® is just one pill a day, taken with th
on the waterfront and next to the sugar factory. crews caught this fire defensively from the shoreline spraying water on it from the shore and eventually got the boat in there to find out. a battalion chief i talked to said the fire appears suspicious for a number of reasons. >> there's nobody living on the pier. there are no sources of electricity or other obvious sources of ignition. >> reporter: on top of that, there was also another fire at this same pier two years ago, according to firefighters. i asked the battalion chief this morning if transients may have been camping out inside this structure on the pier this morning. he said that's certainly a possibility that will be looked into it as arson investigators move in and try to figure out exactly what sparked this fire this morning. we bring you out here live. fire are yous -- crews are still putting water on some of the hot spots on the pier that caught fire. i also want to mention this did have an impact on the amtrak and southern train line. trains were stopped but they are now moving again. alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:03.
." that is coming up. some republican lawmakers are gearing up for the defense of the second amendment. >> there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he is writing new law. that can not happen. we struck down once, the court struck clinton down for trying this and i'm afraid that president obama may have this king complex sort of developing. we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. my i feel so much younger.tly changed my life - my husband has his confidence back. and he can enjoy the laughter of our grandkids again. i can have fun with my friends again. feeling isolated? ready to reconnect? the aarp hearing care program provided by hearusa can help. call hearusa at ... for a free hearing check-up. plus, receive a free $50 dining card when you get your free heari
the quarterback of the defense. it relies as much on trust and leadership skills as it does on physical ability. the idea that a team would say, you're our middle linebacker, you're our quarterback on the defense, but, by the way, maybe half your teammates think you might have serious issues that need to be dealt with, and that you might not be an honest person, that will hang over him, even if he ferociously sticks and notre dame ferociously sticks to the story that he was the victim of a three-year hoax, but i've got to tell you. there's going to be a lot of drip, drip, drip out of notre dame on this. you're already beginning to hear it. former players, former teammates, asking questions. and it's really sad. >> yeah. tell you what, leigh steinberger agrees. a big brand. a package deal is a package deal. hope we can get more information out of this but soon. thank you. >>> more bad news ahead for boeing. the 787 dreamliners on the ground. all around the world, in fact. and the reason -- safety. your safety. we'll explain. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficie
as secretary of state, chuck hagel as secretary of defense. consideration of our military strategy, our military spending, how we project american power as we complete a winding down of the war in afghanistan. it is really going to be the end of a post-9/11 period in national security policy, with the policy going for it from there still unsettled. guest: the will still be a focus on the issues of national security, what just happened in algeria, the issue of al qaeda not being as weak a forceful as president obama campaign on. i think republicans will point that out. if we lost american lives again last week. so what are we doing to keep al qaeda at bay? that will be part of the discussion during the confirmation hearings and certainly with mrs. clinton's appearance tomorrow. host: on the issue of foreign policy, what will be president obama's legacy? where will the focus in his second term? guest: looking back over the first term, he did wind down the war in iraq. he's in the process now of winding down the war in afghanistan. more broadly, i think this whole light footprint strategy,
boyfriend in self-defense. >>> you saw it unfolding live. the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped for hours between two concrete walls. how did she get there? we may learn the answer "happening now." jon: back to our top story. we're awaiting president obama's new gun control proposals. the president is expected to caller to the most sweeping changes to gun laws in years, if not decades, prompting concerns among supporters of gun rights in this country. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm sure glad you're not stuck between two walls. that would put a damper on the show. jon: would make it difficult to get here and do the research. jenna: we'll try to get answers on that story. hi, i'm jenna lee. in less than an hour the president will outline his efforts to curb goon violence. he is expected to ask congress to ban military-style assault weapons. many of you have questions exactly what those weapons are. we'll talk a little bit about that in the program. also on the list, suggestion to ban high-capacity magazines as well. the white house also made it clear the president will act u
mile to assure the russians about future u.s. missile defense moves. >> after my election, i will be more flexible. >> it's going to be harder this time. i don't see where u.s./russian relations can productively go. that's going to be a big problem for the president, starting, of course, with syria. but ooh ran is the even bigger issue that is undecided. we have gotten some russian help, so far on iran. but it doesn't mean we will get russian help with the next step. >> the arab spring signaled the fall of middle-east leaders with whom u.s. officials had, for 30 years, cultivated careful relationships. president obama called on hosni mubarak to step down. >> a change must take place. >> allocated u.s. resources for a no-fly zone in libbia, leading to the killing of moammar khadafy. but while calling for bashir al-assad to step down, a war continues. >> overall, president obama's legacy toward the middle-east is one of limited american activism. that is carcaturd by how we handled egypt, libya, syria, iraq. >>. >> there are unanswered questions about the investigation into the
's the word today from our defense secretary leon pa net attachment france unleashed its air and ground assault on islamic extremists in the nation of mali last week. those militants largely control the country's north. yesterday they took a town in central mali. investigators say many of them do have ties to al qaeda. today secretary panetta warned they could still pose a dangerous threat to the united states. >> the fact is that the war on terrorism continues. >> we have made good progress. we have underline the ability to conduct but the war on terrorism continues. >> same time, the french announced that they are expanding their own troop presence in mali from roughly 800 soldiers to roughly 2500 that is a big up. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. there is still a chance that the u.s. might provide more than just intelligence; is that right? >> that is right. u.s. warplanes could soon be landing in mali. transporting french troops into the fight. we are looking hard today at the air lift question helping them transport forces from foreign policy and from the area into the theater. >>
on these issues to look for policies to lead us forward. >> the speech is being interpreted as a defense of liberalism. i saw it as him saying these are issues to talk about. he wasn't outlining specific means of confronting them. wasn't saying government has to solve all the problems, but he was saying we can no longer deny this is a problem, this is a problem, and that this is a problem, and we need to come together and do something about it. it was a progressive vision, but it wasn't a big government speech. >> i think it was a personal statement of what he believed and what he valued. this wasn't written by a bunch of speechwriters, at least the final edition was pure him. stephanie, it's great to have you on. i see why you're a leader, and i can pronounce your name. stephanie schriock from butte, montana, if you're wondering where that nonaccent came from. thank you, sam stein. i come from where we have one. >>> coming up, the neocon game. one of president obama's loudest messages was no more perpetual wars. that's a rebuke to the hawkish crowd, and these days the war they're itchin
, on the capitol steps. bill russell, i'm sorry. thank you. now, in george stephanopoulos's defense, all tall people look alike to him. i see great chins, i don't know! still, for the rest of the morning, stephanopoulos did a very good job. we have venus and serena williams coming in. look at that, there's danny glover. the dazzling miss halle berry looking fine. look at that. there's general colin and bill russell. the crowd loves them! f >> oh, yeah, welcome back to "morning joe" live from washington d.c. we have a great crowd here. my gosh, jonathan capehart is still with us and joining us on the set, former white house press secretary, robert gibbs. he's not doing too well this morning. chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of andrea mitchell reports andrea mitchell and presidential historian, douglas franklin, author of "cronkite. this gentleman behind me, is he still here? he is right here. he is right here. he is not a republican. you might want to lose the bow tie then. misleading to me. >> all right. >> thank you very much. there you go. clarification. >> this business is not
be on the cutting edge of fuel efficiency standards. and finally, the department of defense, the largest consumer of energy in the world, needs to redouble its efforts. the pentagon is already moving in the right direction, but it's not just about saving money in the long term. it's providing operational flexibility and reducing velarde nurblet from inefficient and dangerous fossil fuels. those fuel tanker trucks in afghanistan and iraq might as well have had great big bull's eyes on them for terrorists. the military knows this, and we should give maximum support even in a time of gradually reducing pentagon budgets. this will pay dividends for defense and to the family budget if the pentagon gets it right. it's clear that america is ready and equal to this challenge. the president has signaled his interests in leadership. the question is whether congress is equal to the challenge, ready with innovation, cooperation and leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: mr. speaker, in a remote region of algeria at an oil and ga
based on the weather and based on the other defense. i will also just say this parade is a little bit different from what he might see at the macy's day parade. folks don't stop in front of the reviewing stand to do something this is a moving parade and there's too elements important for planning purposes for the media that will be covering that there is obviously the presidential lefcourt, the colonel discussed it goes with the limo down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. there is a short break after that before the parade begins. it's about 20 minutes. this is so the individuals, president, first family can come back out to the stand and be positioned for the first elements of the military and civilian units that are moved by the standard. >> [inaudible] >> you can probably speak to that the best to read >> as you can imagine for the participants in the parade with approximately 10,000 participants, it is a huge physical demands that happens. primero the staging is going to happen at the pentagon parking lot. they will go through secret service screening and security screens co
. the gun advocates are outraged. he will announce plans tomorrow. defense secretary leon panetta says no american troops will be on the ground in mali, the northwest african nation against the obama extremists. we look at what is behind the smudge military suicides. "special report" starts at 6:00 eastern. now backbe to fork and my colleagues with "the five." ♪ ♪ >> andrea: welcome back to "the five." coca-cola launched new antiobesity campaign that urges those to pay attention to calories including those in the beverages. take a look. >> we would like to come together on something that concerns all of us, obesity. the nation's leading beverage company we can play an important role. beating obesity will take action by all of us. based on a common sense fact. all calories count. no matter they come from. including coca-cola and everything else with calories. if you eat and drink more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight. >> andrea: the question is has coca-cola been bullied by the antiobesity groups and politicians like michael bloomberg to get on the bandwagon? you cou
. that's from defense secretary leon panetta, talking about the offensive against islamic are rebels in mali. mali is one of the poorest nations on the planet. a groiing home base for islamic extremists, we are led to believe. secretary panetta says the u.s. will help with intelligence and supply, but there are no plans to commit u.s. troops, at this point. all of this comes as america prepares to wine down the longest war ever in afghanistan for the united states. the secretary says that the u.s. will face huge threats from abroad. >> the fact is that the war on terrorism continues. we have made good progress. we have undermightmined their ay to conduct the attacks they would like to conduct. but the war on terrorism continues. >> shepard: french troops could face a very difficult in mali, a nation that some analysts have called a flat afghanistan. islamic extremists control much of the northern part of the country. yesterday, they took a town in central mali. an american pastor jailed in iran is set to go before a notoriously tough judge now, known as the hanging judge. the america
days and 19 hostages. secretary of defense leon panetta was there and had strong words. >> since 9/11, we have made very clearr that, that nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. for that reason, we have made a commitment that we are going to go after al-qaida wherever they are. >> in this specific case we are talking al-qaida and the group thought to be responsible for the operation . a few more facts here uma, british petroleum and bp are running the facility. they have said that four of their staffers still remain unaccounted for. on the other hand, we are getting new word that eight british hostages thought to be unaccounted for are believed to be safe. it is a very shifting situation . algerian security forces came across 15 body and charred and burned and said to be waiting for investigation. shifting stories and we are waiting for the crucial bit of information from washington and the state department, except for the tragic case of one american lost that we know for sure, that all other americans that were held hostage are free and safe.
attack. we know that lives have been lost, but the question is how many. defense secretary leon pan nela speaking today. >> since 9/11 we made clear that, that nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it . for that reason we have made a commitment that we are going to go after al-qaida wherever they are and wherever they try to hide . we have done that. obviously in afghanistan, in pakistan, we have done in somalia and yemen and we will do it in north africa as well >> also tonight some of the rescued hostages are starting to talk publicly about it. one man from romania said he heard gunshots outside of his office on wednesday. >> they started to shoot guys in the gate. they came inside of the hostage buildings and start to take hostages and i barricaded myself with another colleague of mine. >> so many questions of how they gained access so quickly. the oil company said it spans 7 acres and mined with explosives with the militants planing to blow it up. greg, what do we know about the people who survived and the people who died now that the operation is o
everyone in washington is talking about debt and deficits. he also gave a very rigorous defense of entitlement spending, take a listen. >> the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid security, these things do not sap our initiative. they strengthen us. [ applause ] they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. [ applause ] >> now, interesting as well that the white house put out a tweet about another part of the speech where he said, quote: our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are tweeted like anyone else under the law. what's significant about this it's the first time any u.s. president has used the word gay in an inaugural address. you will remember it was only a few months ago the president came out in favor of same sex marriage. that was a change for him. he now is making clear that gay rights will also be part of his second term agenda, shep. >> shepard: what are we getting in the way of reaction to this speech, ed? >> well, look, republicans are going to be a little bi
, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas. let us each of us now embrace with solemn duty and awesome joy what is our lasting birth right. with common effort, and common purpose, with passion, and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. thank you, god bless you. and may he forever bless these united states of america. >> at this time, please join in welcoming award winning artist, kelly clarkson, accompanied by the united states marine band. ♪ ♪ my country 'tis of thee ♪ sweet land of liberty of thee i sing ♪ ♪ land where my fathers died land of the pilgrims' pride from every mountainside let freedom ring ♪ ♪ let music swell the breeze and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song ♪ ♪ let mortal tongues awake let all that breathe partake ♪ ♪ let rocks their silence break ♪ ♪ our father's god to thee author of liberty to thee we sing ♪ ♪ long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light ♪ ♪ protect us by thy might great god our king ♪ >> wow.
and just about the inability for anyone to stop weapons flying all over. >> reporter: defense secretary leon panetta issued a warning to those running training camps. >> terrorists should be on notice. that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> reporter: so far, this al qaeda group has been focused in africa. but counterterrorism officials are concerned that if these training camps continue to flourish, their ambitions may expand. libya is right on the southern shore of the mediterranean. and officials are concerned that militants could try for an attack in europe or european militants could come to libya, get training, and then try to carry out an attack back home. erin? >> thanks very much to chris lawrence. fran townsend as former home land counterterrorism advisor to george bush. stewart holladay, special political affairs at the united nations. stewart, let me start with you. in chris' reporting there there was a sound bite from president obama from a very different time. but that sound bite, he said libya is a success, it's a
in iraq. we are now in afghanistan. 12 years in. $2 billion a week. our defense budget keeps exploding. so an iranian crisis comes at the absolute worst time for this country. >> that's what i was saying early on. >> on so many points. >> things could change dramatically this year. >> richard and i have talked about this a lot. in search of a metaphor, have i been thinking about the islamic role in africa and the middle east, think of it size a large, very dry forest after years of drought. and a lightning strike anywhere, which is unanticipated, starts a brush fire. and then it goes across. we just saw what happened in algeria. what's going on in syria at the moment. and we are not dealing state-to-state. there's an entirely new set of rules for dealing with that critical part of the world, to say nothing of the 300 million people who live there, the oil, the energy we have invested, and as richard and i have been talking, what happens to the kingdoms, saudi arabia next door? with an aging leadership. and they are in the bunker at the moment. and then all of the gulf states as well. jorda
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